We seek to deliver holistic skills development and education interventions that harness the healing power of nature, to equip vulnerable youth to be economically active and environmentally responsible citizens.

Youth Development

At the core of our interventions are carefully developed physical and psychological wellness programmes which aim to provide specific support to the participants as they complete the employability, skills development or vocational training aspects depending on which project they are enrolled in. Furthermore, Wilderness Foundation Africa has seen just how powerfully young people respond to spending time in wilderness areas and based on their long history of using the healing power of nature for personal and social transformation, the Foundation has integrated various levels of Wilderness Trail activities into each of the main holistic intervention projects. 

Through our Youth Development Programme and related projects, young people are empowered to become financially independent entrepreneurs and breadwinners for their families-drawing on the opportunities presented by the growth of the eco-tourism industry in South Africa. 

A summary of current projects is as follows:

  • Pride & Imbewu Trails
  • Siyazenzela and Siyazenzela Plus
  • Umzi Wethu Training Academies
  • Green Leaf Kitchen
Umzi Wethu